Bringing the school close to the learners’ homes

A teamwork between child-focused international organization, World Vision, and the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) of a town in Culasi, Antique, including its youth council, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), resulted to the construction of a community-based learning hub full of educational materials and gadgets for learning purposes.

The learning hub including the educational materials were officially turned over to the community last January 27, 2022. The ceremony was attended by the World Vision team, representatives of the local government and the youth council, and teachers of the local school.

The goal of the project is to provide quality education to children by giving access on learning materials and equipment such as drawing books and toys for children. The hub will also cater to the needs of the out-of-school youth.

“The community learning hub aims to improve the children’s love for reading, improve reading and numeracy skills with the support of our trained community volunteers as they offer free learning sessions using the learning materials available in the learning hub,” shares Carol Sue Artajo, the World Vision Program Manager of Antique and Aklan area.

The project was accomplished because of the counterpart effort of World Vision, BLGU and the SK.

The SK and BLGU funded the construction of the learning hub including the needed utilities such as the electricity and internet connection while World Vision provided the learning materials including books and toys, a computer set and tablets for digital learning. The organization also supported the furnishing of the learning hub.

“Community partnership is essential and a very good way to involve community members to address the learning needs of the children in this new normal situation. Complementation of resources have encouraged the partners to work together for the improvement of the children’s learning and development.  Through our joint efforts, we hope and pray that this project will be sustained and will reach more children in the community,” adds Ms. Artajo.

The Community Learning Hub will support around 550 children who are residing in the community.

Safety health protocols are religiously observed in the hub such as limited mass gathering, wearing of mask, and proper sanitation.

Story by Mong Jimenez, Photos by AP Antique 3 Team and SK Centro Norte, Culasi